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Evans Head

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Evans Head is a small town in Northern Rivers area of New South Wales.


Evans Head is a small town about 40 km south of Ballina.

Although Evans Head is a quiet town, during holiday seasons its population doubles and there may be some problems with rowdy people roaming the town. Most of them are not looking for trouble however, as in any holiday town, you should be mindful of where you are and who is around.

Evans Head has a Police Station, Fire Station and an Ambulance Station.

Get in[edit]

The town is serviced by a daily CountryLink Coach from Casino, connecting with the train. There are also infrequent commuter buses provided by Buslines group to Grafton, Lismore and Ballina. If entering by road there are two ways into the town, both leaing from the Pacific Highway. One leaves the small village of Woodburn, the other leaves from the small village of Broadwater. All 3 are approximately 10 km away from each other. In effect the roads form a triangle facing the Pacific Ocean, with Evans head at its apex, the Broadwater-Evans Head road forming the northern side, the Evans Head-Woodburn road forming its southern side and the Pacific Highway forming the western side.

Note that the locals travel quickly along the roads into town-particularly the Broadwater road. Feel free to slow down somewhat if you don't feel comfortable doing 100 km/h. The Woodburn road has an 80 km/h speed limit and has much more access points-driveways, local roads etc.

Get around[edit]

The town itself is very compact so walking or a bicycle should suffice.

See[edit][add listing]

There are some nice lookouts on the south side of town.

Do[edit][add listing]

Swim at the beach and the olympic size swimming pool. There are two large patrolled ocean beach areas - Air Force Beach and Main Beach. Plus safe swimming for children at the Evans River Beach at the end of Woodburn Street.

There are two museums - One at the aerodrome and one in Woodburn Street, near the main shopping area.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are many shops in Oak Street, which is the main business area of the town. Shops include two butcher's, a post office, newsagent, discount store, chemist, hardware store, real estate agents, credit union, bank auto-tellers, solicitors, doctors, a SPAR supermarket and a Ritchies IGA supermarket. Fresh seafood can be purchased from The Fish Centre in Oak Street and the Fisherman's Co-op on the southern side of the Evans River (over the bridge). There is a service station in town however cheaper petrol can usually be purchased at the caravan park in Doonbah, on the main road from Woodburn.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many take away hot food shops who do coffee, pies, fish and chips, burgers etc. The town also has a Thai and a Chinese restaurant. The Bowling Club, the RSL Club and the Pacific Motel all have restaurants attached. The hotel in Oak Street has a bistro.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There is an RSL club, a bowling club and a hotel in town. Entertainment is provided from time to time.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are several options for accommodation.

Holiday house and flat rentals are popular (See the local real estate agents for letting information).

Evans Head boasts the biggest caravan park and camping area in NSW. There is an on-site manager and kiosk.

In addition to the Pacific Motel in Woodburn Street, there are several motels in nearby Woodburn and Broadwater that may also be of interest.


Get out[edit]

Same as "Get In", more or less. There are 2 roads in and out of town. The road to Broadwater passes through national park and is susceptible to have wildlife on it during the evenings and nights so caution is advised. Take it slow and you should be alright, or alternatively travel via Woodburn. There is still a risk of some wildlife however the road passes through farmland and is fenced at least.

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